Kalie Shorr Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you
for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you
play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
I am country and always will be but I grew up listening to so many
different genres so I’m influenced by everyone from Michelle Branch and
the Dixie Chicks to the Foo Fighters and Paramore.
Lamitschka: Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?
I’ve always been a songwriter first- it’s my first love and always will
be. I wrote every song on Awake and I’m very proud of that!
Lamitschka: Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).
There’s some really heavy guitars on this project. This past summer
when I was writing and recording for it, I bought an electric guitar and
it opened me up creatively so much and you can definitely hear that.
Lyrically, I was more honest than I’ve ever been and it was so freeing.
Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?
My team was so supportive of me pushing boundaries and exploring
creatively and I’m so lucky for my producer, Skip Black, who encouraged
me at every turn. I will never be a puppet and the people I surround
myself with know that.
Lamitschka: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
I would give women more of an equal opportunity. Country music has been
hard on females in the US with the 2017 Billboard charts having less
than 10% songs by a solo female by year end.
As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews.
What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?
My favorite part of my career is meeting the fans. No matter how tired I
am by the end of the show, I light up when I get to meet the people who
allow me to do this every day.
Lamitschka: Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?
am dying to play in Europe! My dad was born in Dusseldorf, Germany and
Larochelle, France and I would love to visit those two places and
hopefully play a show!
Lamitschka: What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?
I met a woman on the CMT Next Women of Country tour who had a matching
tattoo with her daughter that said “perfume sweet and whiskey strong” (a
line from my song Fight Like A Girl) and there’s no higher compliment
than that- cause it’s forever.
Lamitschka: What message would you like to send your European fans?
Answer: That I will be there as soon as I can and that I love them!
Lamitschka: Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?
I eat so many gas station lunchables! It’s hard to find food,
especially late at night in the middle of nowhere. I also have done my
makeup in those gas stations too. It isn’t glamorous, but it’s so much